Increased efficiency of European airspace

The German air navigation service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH and the French air navigation service provider DSNA introduced a city pair of a most direct routing between Paris and Munich to increase the efficiency of European airspace. The direct connections between two cities are to reduce fuel consumption as well as CO2 emissions. In addition, capacities are to be increased and delays to be reduced.

The improvement of the 50 most penalizing city pairs is part of the Flight Efficiency Plan developed by IATA, Eurocontrol and CANSO, explains Eric Bruneau, Director Operations of DSNA.

After the trial phase from November 2009 until July 2010 current data show first successes of the direct connections. The optimization of the city pair Paris Munich reduced the overall distance by 34 nautical miles (NM) one way. With regard to fuel efficiency and environmental impact, improvements have been achieved, too. On average, 204 kg of kerosene and 680 kg of CO2 have been saved per flight. Within one week savings amounting to 646 NM, 3876 kg of kerosene and 12,920 kg of CO2 were recorded for 19 flights, says Frank Brenner, Director Business Unit Control Centre at DFS.

In addition to international and national connections, city pairs within Germany have also been optimized. The city pairs Munich Cologne and Berlin Stuttgart were shortened by 10.5 NM and 6.3 NM.

Efficiency within French airspace has also been increased in the context of European city pairs, such as the DIRMO-LMG shortcut that reduces the former route (north-east / south-west axis) by 4.5 NM as of 11 March 2010. Further optimization of national and international city pairs will follow.
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